I remember I first heard Brother Daniel singing this hymn in one of our informal hymnal sessions in church. I find the melody very interesting, and I realised it originated from India. As the church only put the term “Hindustan Melody” at the hymn.

So I decided to do a google on this hymn, then I realised this hymn had many other verses that were not found on my hymnbook. So I decided to place them together for everyone to read.

Just a bit of background on the hymn i found on the web

“This folk song originated among the Garo Indians, one of the hill tribes in India. The Garo tribe lives in an area that is now the state of Meghalaya, but was until 1970 the state of Assam. The northern part of Meghalaya borders on the Himalayan Mountain range. The earliest appearance of the hymn in the United States seems to have been in Choice Light and Life, a 1950 publication of the Free Methodist Church (Winona Lake, Ind.), compiled by LeRoy M. Lowell.” In some other places, I found they attributed the lyrics to this person called S. Sundar Singh .

The latest comments to this post reviewed that it was written by Nokseng
This hymn is written by either Ramke W. Momin or Obed W Momin, who were the first converts of the Garo tribe. And if you read their translation, you can imagine why they sang that.

Title: I have decided to follow Jesus (The verses not found in the church hymnbook are marked in Bold)

I have decided to follow Jesus;
I have decided to follow Jesus;
I have decided to follow Jesus;
No turning back, no turning back.

Though I may wonder, I still will follow;
Though I may wonder, I still will follow;
Though I may wonder, I still will follow;
No turning back, no turning back.

The world behind me, the cross before me;
The world behind me, the cross before me;
The world behind me, the cross before me;
No turning back, no turning back.

Though none go with me, still I will follow;
Though none go with me, still I will follow;
Though none go with me, still I will follow;
No turning back, no turning back.

My cross I’ll carry, Till I see Jesus;
My cross I’ll carry Till I see Jesus, :
My cross I’ll carry Till I see Jesus,
No turning back, No turning back.

Will you decide now to follow Jesus?
Will you decide now to follow Jesus?
Will you decide now to follow Jesus?
No turning back, no turning back.
Play the hymn here (Right Click and open a new window)

Thanks to the latest comment, I manage to get a glimpse of the Oringinal Hymn in the language of the Garo Indians

Jisu-ni ja’man anga ja’rikgen (After Jesus I will follow) –X3
Re’piljawa, re’piljawa (Will not go back, will not go back)

A’sak-ko wate, Chisol-ko de’e (Leaving the ways of the world, Carrying the cross) –X3
Re’piljawa, re’piljawa (Will not go back, will not go back)

Darang re’jaoba, anga ja’rikgen (Though none go, I will follow) –X3
Re’piljawa, re’piljawa (Will not go back, will not go back)

I feel alot of this hymn,  because lately I have been facing quite alot of setbacks in my plan. Just when I was thinking I have an idea where God wants me to go and what Gods wants me to do, that is when everything suddenly comes to an stop.  Almost every verses that I uncover offered loads of comfort from God to me.

The hymn started to remind me of the time I wanted to follow Jesus, about my encounters with death when I was a boy (Yes, I ever saw a man dying before me when I was 10). And how actually makes me wonder how death is like, and why is that man so afraid. So when I decided to follow Jesus, it is a good start for me. As I never seriously considered who I believed in before that

The second verse reminded me of the blog entry I wrote about the Heros of Faith,where Abraham started to move out of his home in Ur of the Chaldeans. At that time he has no idea where God is leading him to, yet he moved off, holding on to his faith. At that time though he wonder, yet he held on to his faith and follow God. (Heb 11:8-10,13-15)

The 3rd verse only reminded me to look at Jesus all the time, and look less into the world, as the world is slowly perishing away.  (1 Jn 2:15-17)

The 4th verse, tells us that in our life of faith, although not many people would move on this heavenly path. Especially when you see that many other people who are not holding the same faith as yours. In face of that, Do we still have the faith to follow Jesus all the way to the end? (Matt 7:13-14)

The 5th verse reminded me to hang on to this faith till meet Jesus in the very end.  (Matt 16:24-25)

And Finally, the last verse is a challenge to all the readers, will you then decided to follow Jesus? I have make my choice how about you?

Actually I am writing this blog entry to encourage myself to hold on to the faith I already have in Jesus, that although thing may not seems like how I would view it, I am sure God will lead us through at all times.

I have been finding a nice youtube for the hymn. I always wanted to put the original hymn sang in the language of the Garo Indians. By grace of God, I came across a skit made by a church regarding the hymn. In It feature the original hymn in Garo. I would love to share the skit here.

The Original Garo Hymn is featured from 5:30 onwards, after the Indian chief killed the son of the author. The other verses were played when his wife, and himself was killed.

You can read more about their work here

 

 

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